Over the years my keen interest in people has only become greater… I cannot get enough of people… I love to meet new people, learn about what makes them tick and be able to express that using the tool I find the most inspirational… photography.
A few years ago I took this picture of a well known Durban-based photographer,dear friend and mentor, Jacki Bruniquel… It always sticks in my mind and I keep going back to this picture for inspiration. It was one of the first projects that I took on that was entirely what I want to do… not influenced by my studies or by other photographers work. I took these picture to show what Jacki is all about, what she loves, what she does for a living, and all the elements that consume her life. Because people are made up of so many different things that make them who they are, one ordinary image of them can sometimes not give people a full understanding of who you really are. The things that get you out of bed in the morning and the events of your life that play a big part in the person you are today.
If you look at these pics long enough you will start to find all sorts of things that you didn’t notice at first… you might even discover that you have something in common with her.
I get such joy and satisfaction from doing character portraits… It gives people a chance to gather bits and bobs of their lives together to be strategically placed in a photograph that encapsulates who you are… where you have been… what you have become.. Its an extra-ordinary experience in itself… and I get to witness it first hand.
Its not often we get to sum up our lives… sit back and evaluate what it is that we have, what it is that we have lost and what we have overcome. The things that make us stronger… the things we cannot resist. All of which play an instrumental part in our PERSONALITY MAKE-UP. Some of us lead very busy lives and others… well not so much… but that doesn’t mean to say that one person has more to offer the world in terms of heart, spirit and character. Which is why character portraits have always fascinated me..
A stay-at-home-mom could do a shoot with me that entails cooking recipes, cleaning apparatus, family photographs, bills, books, piles of fabric, sewing machines, yoga poses and she might love to sing for instance so we’ll throw in some old vinyl records and some music sheets. (this is obviously just one example of a stay at home mom that I know so please don’t think I am stereotyping).
And on the other end of the spectrum a business man could do a shoot with me that entails a laptop, many cups of coffee, a set of golf clubs, a gym towel and water bottle, a picture of his fiancee and dog, his favourite Sharks jersey, some old concert tickets from his varsity days and a book on inspirational quotes that have kept him motivated from his early teen years at boarding school. (again… not trying to generalise or turn this fellow into a stereotype)…
I’m sure you get what I am going for here…
I invite you all to think about the things that say something about you, take a stroll around your home, peek through your drawers and give me a call to book your very own character portrait! You might not get this opportunity again soon… and before you know it… you’ll be consumed by life.
Love Tae xox
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